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What are Reference Tools?
Reference tools are books and websites that give you specific facts, definitions, summaries & background information, suggestions of important readings, and help focusing your research topic.
They include encyclopedias, dictionaries & thesauri, biographical compilations, and atlases.
There are a few great online reference resources, recommended by the Classical Studies faculty.
Online Reference Resources
Oxford Reference This link opens in a new window
This source includes a subject-specific search function that includes Classical Studies topics, and also includes searchable maps and timelines.
Oxford Art Online This link opens in a new window
- Why search here? You’re doing research on art.
- What's included? Online gateway for Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference works; the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, updated regularly and covering global art and architecture from prehistory to present day.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy This link opens in a new window
- Why search here? You need an overview of a topic, as it related to philosophical thinking.
- What's included? At least 1600 entries, covering philosophers, theories, etc. in signed (by academic experts) entries from abduction to zombies.
Online Map & Atlas Tools
The Ancient World Online roundup of resources
A list of digital projects dealing with geography in the ancient world. This is not a comprehensive list, it does include a few interesting maps.
Roman Routeplanner- a reconstruction of an antique Roman map with internet technology.
Vici.org is the archaeological atlas of classical antiquity. It is a community driven archaeological map, inspired by and modelled after Wikipedia.